Monday, July 18, 2011

COLLECTION #12: Television Game Show Games

Decades before 'Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?', and even 'Wheel of Fortune', radio and television began hosting game shows. Starting in the late '30s, 'quiz shows' were extremely popular with listeners of all ages. The transition to television in the late '40s and early '50s was a natural. In our family in the 50s, favorite quiz shows were 'What's My Line', 'Password', and 'Concentration'.

I have a small collection of television game show games from the '50s. It's fun to see the clean and colorful mid-century graphics, and look at the fun game pieces... these weren't board games, but often had some sort of game-show gizmo that replicated the real television game board.

I'm particularly fond of Tic Tac Dough... nearly 30 years after the television show premiered, I was a contestant on this show myself! Very happy memories.

I'd love to hear about your favorite tv game or quiz shows!


Barbara Sindlinger said...

Was there ever a Password game? I don't have any games at home except for Scrabble. But my favorite childhood game (but wasn't a game show) was Life.

Stefanie Eskander said...

There was definitely a Password game! I loved Password!